Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 27, 2023

South Doyle High School Musical Theatre Program: Guys and Dolls

  • April 27, 2023 — April 29, 2023

Category: Theatre

Guys and Dolls: A Musical Fable will be presented by the South Doyle High School Musical Theatre Program at the SDHS Auditorium, 2020 Tipton Station Rd, Knoxville, TN 37920.

Show dates/times are:
Thursday, April 27th @ 7:00 pm
Friday, April 28th @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 29th @ 2:00 pm
Saturday, April 29th @ 7:00 pm

The South Doyle High School Chorus and Musical Theatre Program is excited to present Guys and Dolls: A Musical Fable, April 27-29 in the auditorium. Set in Depression-era Times Square, Guys and Dolls is about a couple of big city gamblers and the women who love them. It tells the overlapping stories of high-roller Sky Masterson, who falls in love with mission worker Sarah Brown, and lovable rapscallion Nathan Detroit, engaged for 14 years to Miss Adelaide, a headliner at the Hot Box Club. Nathan runs a famous floating crap game, and an ongoing plot line involves his quest for a safe place for the game as Adelaide continues her quest to convince him to marry her. Meanwhile, Sarah, mistakenly believing that Sky set up an illegal game at the mission, tries to fight her affection for the charismatic crapshooter.

Ticket Prices: $15 Adult, $10 Students (K-12), and $5 age 3-preschool
Ticket purchase link:

Jubilee Community Arts: Epworth Old Harp Singing

Category: Classes, workshops, Free event and Music

Last Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
Regular shape-note singing is returning to the Laurel Theater. New Harp of Columbia song books will be available to loan. Free!

Jubilee Community Arts at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916. Information: 865-522-5851,

Knoxville Botanical Gardens: Domino Ensemble

Category: Free event, Literature, spoken word, writing and Music

The Domino Ensemble will perform And the trees ... Thursday, April 27, 6:00PM in the
Knoxville Botanical Gardens.

A very special show in collaboration with Knoxville's poet laureate Rhea Canon. New music and poetry for a unique offering.

Free and open to the public @ the Knoxville Botanical Gardens.

This project is being supported in whole or in part by federal award number 21.027 awarded to the City of Knoxville by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Arts & Culture Alliance.

For more information visit
Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave, Knoxville, TN 37914. Hours: Gardens open daily from sunrise to sunset. Information: 865-862-8717,

UT Humanities Center: Medieval Holy War before the Crusades

  • April 27, 2023

Category: Free event, History, heritage, Lecture, panel and Virtual

7 PM Eastern via Zoom.
Register for the link at

On April 27, UT history professor Matthew Gillis will give a public talk titled, "Medieval Holy War before the Crusades."

In this installment of Conversations & Cocktails, Matthew Bryan Gillis will discuss the tradition of warfare in Europe from the end of Roman rule up to the First Crusade. Focusing especially on France, he’ll consider how Christians traditionally saw war as a religious experience throughout this era. Yet this tradition took on new meaning during the era of the Viking attacks, when Christians invented a crusading-like view of holy war for defending their land against the pagans centuries before the first crusaders marched to Jerusalem in 1096 CE.

About the Speaker:
Matthew Bryan Gillis is an associate professor in the History Department at UT. He is the author of Heresy and Dissent in the Carolingian Empire: The Case of Gottschalk of Orbais (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017) and Religious Horror and Holy War in Viking Age Francia (Budapest: Trivent Publishing, 2021). Gillis also edited Carolingian Experiments (Turnhout: Brepols Publishing, 2022), and he is the series editor for Renovatio – Studies in the Carolingian World (Trivent Publishing).

About the Series:
Conversations & Cocktails is a free public lecture series hosted by the UT Humanities Center, which showcases the original research of our distinguished University of Tennessee arts and humanities faculty. Our monthly talks give you the opportunity to hear about fascinating and groundbreaking work in the arts and in fields such as philosophy, history, and literary studies. Presentations are 30-40 minutes long and are designed for the general public. A spirited question-and-answer discussion follows each presentation.

865-974-4222 or

Tennessee Theatre: Wilco with The A's

Category: Music

WILCO with THE A'S at the Tennessee Theatre.

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,

Old City Market

  • April 27, 2023
  • 5-9 PM

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts and Free event

The Old City Market returns to the 100 Block of West Jackson Ave!


East Tennessee Historical Society: Game Changers: A Roundtable Discussion with Title IX Trailblazers in East Tennessee

Category: Free event, History, heritage, Lecture, panel and Literature, spoken word, writing

With Dr. Mary Ellen Pethel and special guests Dr. Joan Cronan, Ann Baker Furrow, and Missy Kane
WHEN: Thursday, April 27, 2023 @ 6:00 p.m.

East Tennessee History Center
601 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

In her new book Title IX, Pat Summitt, and Tennessee’s Trailblazers, Dr. Mary Ellen Pethel introduces readers to past and present pioneers in women’s sports. Join us for an evening book talk and roundtable discussion with key Trailblazers Dr. Joan Cronan, Ann Baker Furrow, and Missy Kane. Additional Trailblazers will be present for questions and book signing. Through their lived experiences, the fifty individuals featured in the book laid the foundation for athletic excellence in Tennessee, which in turn shaped the national landscape for women’s sports. With interviewees ranging from age 20 to 93, Dr. Pethel artfully combines storytelling with scholarship. Guided by the voices of the athletes, coaches, and administrators, she vividly documents achievement and adversity, wins and losses, and advice for the next generation. This book represents the first statewide compilation of its kind—offering readers a behind-the-scenes perspective of Tennessee women who dedicated their lives to the advancement of sport and gender equality. Come and learn more from the women themselves and take the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book for signing.

For more information about this presentation, visit or call the East Tennessee Historical Society at 865-215-8830.

Union Ave Books: Author Suzanne Craig Robertson

  • April 27, 2023
  • 7:00PM

Category: Literature, spoken word, writing

Union Ave Books presents an author event featuring author Suzanne Craig Robertson in conversation with Bishop Brian Cole. This event will take place April 27, 2023
at 7:00 pm at the Church of the Good Samaritan, 425 N Cedar Bluff Rd, Knoxville.

Suzanne Craig Robertson is a writer, former statewide legal magazine editor and bar association communicator, where for more than 30 years she interviewed and wrote stories about state Supreme Court justices, recovering alcoholics and drug addicts, lawyer-missionaries, low-income people in need of legal services, women who broke through glass ceilings, the legal system, and more. A life-long Christian, she has questioned her churches many times, but never her faith. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, she also recently earned a Master of Arts from the Nasland-Mann School of Creative and Professional Writing at Spalding University in Louisville. She lives with her husband in Nashville, 20 minutes and worlds away from Riverbend Maximum Security Prison. The book is the fascinating, moving story of a friendship with an inmate on death row.

While this event is free, we ask that you register for your spot at

Union Ave Books, 517 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-951-2180,

Shoe Game & RheaSunshine: Collectively Speaking

  • April 27, 2023

Category: Literature, spoken word, writing

Shoe Game & RheaSunshine presents "Collectively Speaking." This event will be hosted by Knoxville's own Ryan Andrews, Assistant Director and member of 5th Woman. Our Headliner for this event is Joseph "Black Atticus" Woods a Knoxville Native and CEO of Ponoys & Poets. He is an Award winning Slam Poet who brings passion, creativity & power to the stage! Since we're "Collectively Speaking" be prepared to grab the open mic to share some of your favorite writings or poems. Our Rising Star is a local a Finalist of Knoxville Youth Poet Laureate, to be determined. You will be encouraged and supported by Poetry lovers from the area. Seating is limited so get your tickets today!

At Central Cinema, 1205 North Central Street, Knoxville
7-10 PM

Joy of Music School: Dining for Joy

Category: Fundraisers

Dining for Joy, fundraiser for Joy of Music School, will take place Thursday, April 27, 6:30PM, at The Lake at Christenberry Farms, 4919 Sevierville Rd, Maryville, TN 37804.

Enjoy food, drink, and amazing music on a beautiful spring evening–all for a cause near and dear to us all.

Our star graduate, pianist, and creator, Taber Gable, will entertain us in an intimate and fiery duo performance with internationally renowned saxophonist and bandleader, Greg Tardy. These two remarkable talents will transport you to another musical realm!

Tickets at
Joy of Music School, 1209 Euclid Avenue Knoxville, TN 37921. Information: 865-525-6806,

Variego3 at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum

  • April 27, 2023

Category: Free event, Kids, family, Music and Science, nature

Contact: Jorge Variego 865-209-1497

April 27th at 6PM – Free and Open to the public at 2743 Wimpole Ave. Knoxville, 37914

This year continues with wonderful energy and projects. On April 27th @ 6:00 PM the Variego3 will be presenting the new show “And the trees …” at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum with original music and poetry by Knoxville poet laureate Rhea Carmon. With Jorge Variego (clarinets and compositions), Jack Roben (guitar) and Rob Linton (bass). This concert is free and open to the public.

About the trio: Inspired by Jimmy Giuffre, the Variego3 has a chamber music vibe with a woody sound. “It's a true joy to hear this amazing ensemble of world-class musicians interact with one another, feeding off each other's chemistry and ability to create massively infectious, yet
classy and understated melodies. Whether you are a fan of modern jazz, or you prefer the old guard, you'll certainly be impressed. This group has got so much to offer, and they bring an unprecedented level of charisma to this genre today.” Jazz Corner

About the guest poet: Award-winning wordsmith Rhea Carmon is a force that weaves passion, purpose, and power into poetry. She is a teacher, mentor, motivational poet, and inspiration to all that come in contact with her. Rhea's life lessons and stories create space for conversation and understanding. She will motivate and inspire students and adults to be the best form of themselves on a daily basis. For twenty years, RheaSunshine has traveled the nation, sharing her gift of the spoken word and facilitating self-expression, liberation, and healing. This art form has led her to touch lives at universities and educational institutions as well as civic engagements and festivals. Bringing Rhea to your school, district, or event will transform your students and staff by challenging every person to find the beauty in education and the inspiration that every day brings.

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Ewing Gallery: Three Bananas - Capstone 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event


The Capstone course is a requirement for all BFA Studio Art majors in the final semester of their degree. Capstone, students engage in a self-initiated research project to demonstrate their ability to practice the skills and concepts of their chosen concentration. The Capstone also demonstrates the student’s ability to intellectualize and articulate issues and ideas about contemporary art.
Join us for an exhibition of capstone students graduating in Spring of 2023. Exhibiting students are: Destiny Fletcher, Hannah Sorenson, Adarian Johnson, Janessa Ladson, Shekinah Littrice, Emily Anderson, Diane Lopez, Wesley Roden, Tiana Boisseau-Palo, Gianna Chavarria, Jacob Gallagher, Mallorie Gardner, Caleb Houston, Chloe Hux, Arcadia Moncrief, Nicole O'Connor, Kaan Sarisaltik, SK Yi, William Perry, Julianna Ramsey, Chloe Baker, Rickey Berry, Dana Kim, Taylor Murray, Eric Frinkley, and Blaze Reid. See less

Seniors in the BFA program at #UTKSOA present their capstone exhibition, entitled Three Bananas, at the Ewing Gallery, Thursday, April 27, 2023. The gallery is open all day and the reception takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

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